Buried Strangers by Leighton Gage
A Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigation

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Praise for Leighton Gage’s Chief Inspector Mario Silva series:

“Realistic characters that the readers can care about. . . . The ultimate story of the haves vs. the have nots.”—Detroit Free Press

“Gage's compelling novels are good examples of how talented crime writers use the police procedural form to lay bare a society.”—Indianapolis Star

“Gage creates a contemporary tapestry of Brazil . . . [and] builds a compelling foundation for future Silva cases.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Emotionally charged. . . . Vividly evokes a country of political corruptions, startling economic disparity and relentless crime.”—Booklist

A playful dog finds a bone at the outset of this mystery set in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Chief Inspector Mario Silva of the federal police based in Brasilia and his team of investigators, Hector Costa and Arnaldo Nunes, are called in. The bone is human and the investigators soon unearth a clandestine cemetery. Someone has secretly disposed of the bodies of unknown human beings, often interred in family groups. And in Sao Paulo, it turns out, many patrons of a local travel agency have never reached their North American destinations. The motive for these mass murders is completely contemporary and completely appalling.

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About Leighton Gage

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Leighton Gage is the author of five novels in the Mario Silva series: Blood of the Wicked, Buried Strangers, Dying Gasp, Every Bitter Thing, and A Vine in the Blood. He spends part of each year in Santana do Parnaiba, Brazil, and divides the rest of the year between Florida and the Netherlands. He is married with four daughters.
Published January 1, 2009 by Soho Crime. 321 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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When a secret cemetery baffles São Paulo police, their investigation sends one of their own to the graveyard.

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The Chief Inspector Mario Silva series by Leighton Gage, takes readers to Brazil, a country of sharp contrasts between the old and the new, city and jungle, native peoples and immigrants.

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Review: Mario Silva, Chief Inspector of Criminal Matters for the Sao Paulo Federal Police, is confronted with two ostensibly different cases, one of murder in his own country, the other of missing persons in another, in the aptly titled Buried Strangers, the second mystery in this series by Leigh...

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